Kant's Critique of Judgment
Kant's third Critique is widely regarded as the central text constituting modern aesthetics, as well as, in its attempt to negotiate between the extremes of freedom and law-governed nature that are the consequence of Kant's practical and theoretical philosophy, the opening shot of German Idealism. While this course focuses on a detailed reading of Part I, "Critique of Aesthetic Judgment," we shall also read the usually ignored Part II, "Critique of Teleological Judgment." Among the questions addressed: Why does this work have the two parts it does? How are judgments of taste possible? What is the role of reflective judgment in Kant's system generally? Are judgments of sublimity parallel to judgments of beauty? If not, what is artistic beauty? What is the relation between beauty and moral goodness? In what sense are successful works of fine art products of "genius"? What is the role of the 'sensus communis'? Apart from reading the Critique itself, and in the hope of locating the contemporary standing of this work, students are expected to engage with a range of secondary literature: Allison, Longuenesse, Pippin, Lyotard, Derrida, etc.